Online retail giant Amazon last night said it would reach its targets on switching to 100% renewable energy by 2030.
The global firm revealed it was upping its commitment pledge made two years ago, claiming that it would hit reach 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy by 2030 on its path to net zero carbon by 2040.
The firms founder and chief executive, Jeff Bezos, also said his firm would meet the Paris Agreement “10 years early”.
Mr Bezos said Amazon had launched 15 utility-scale wind and solar renewable energy projects that will generate over 1,300 MW of renewable capacity and deliver more than 3.8 million megawatt hours (MWh) of clean energy annually.
The company has also installed more than 50 solar rooftops on fulfillment centers and sort centers around the globe that generate 98MW of renewable capacity and deliver 130,000 MWh of clean energy annually.
Mr Bezos said: “We’re done being in the middle of the herd on this issue—we’ve decided to use our size and scale to make a difference.
“If a company with as much physical infrastructure as Amazon—which delivers more than 10 billion items a year—can meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early, then any company can.
“I’ve been talking with other CEOs of global companies, and I’m finding a lot of interest in joining the pledge.
“Large companies signing The Climate Pledge will send an important signal to the market that it’s time to invest in the products and services the signatories will need to meet their commitments.”